Knight Of The Mind

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Greetings and welcome. My name is Steve, I'm 35 years old and I work for the US Army as an Operations Research Analyst. Hence my blog title Knight Of The Mind.

Friday, September 24, 2004

Kerry '97 Vs. Kerry '04

Senator John Kerry has dramatically changed his point of view on unilateral military action against Saddam Hussein and the former Iraqi regime between 1997 and 2004.

In 1997 he debated Rep. Peter King on CNN Crossfire. The discussion was set against a backdrop of tension between Iraq and The United States as President Clinton considered what military options he should pursue against Hussein's regime. Kerry offered the following opinion.

"We know we can't count on the French. We know we can't count on the Russians," said Mr. Kerry. "We know that Iraq is a danger to the United States, and we reserve the right to take pre-emptive action whenever we feel it's in our national interest." - Washtimes 24 Sep 04

Senator Kerry's position on Saddam Hussein's removal from power by President Bush is considerably different. He spoke yesterday in Philadelphia as his Presidential campaign continued, and offered the following opinion.

"The invasion of Iraq was a profound diversion from the battle against our greatest enemy, al-Qaida," Kerry said in a speech at Temple University. "There's just no question about it. The president's misjudgment, miscalculation and mismanagement of the war in Iraq all make the war on terror harder to win."

Kerry, in offering a detailed strategy to contain terrorism and to draw a sharp distinction between his and the president's views on national security, added, "Iraq is now what it was not before the war, a haven for terrorists." - Associated Press 24 Sep 04

Aside from the apparent fact that his wife thinks "W" has OBL salted away as a re-election tool, Kerry's views have shifted into juxtaposition over the last seven years. In order to present a credible case to the American electorate, Senator Kerry should explain what made him rethink both Iraq and unilateralism.

Whether Senator Kerry has thought his change of views through carefully ,or whether he has merely windsurfed towards the temporary swells of popular opionion, he should be able to explain the process as he puts forth his opposition to the current administration's policy. Otherwise, rational minds could only assume that while Senator Kerry solidly outpolled Howard Dean for the Democratic nomination, Candidate Dean logically and rhetorically vanquised Senator Kerry during the primaries.

Update I: Stephen Green over at Vodkapundit found this compendium of vacillations from John F. Kerry on the Iraq War.

Update II: Frank Martin at Varifrank chronicles the remarkable shrinking Senator.

Update III: We have a case of duelling transcripts. Jim Geraghty reports that he has a slight difference in transcript from the Wash Times. Perusal shows that it still indicates a Hawkish attitude on Kerry's part towards Iraq in 1997.

Update IV: Kevin Alyward offers an example of consistency on the part of John Kerry. His position on Iraq is exactly what he thinks the voters want to hear.


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